While so many native apps and services have been given a
makeover with Windows 11 or even Windows 10, a modern look for
Task Manager is long overdue. With
Build 22543, Microsoft quietly made a big change to Task
Manager, which remains the most useful tool on Windows 11.
Microsoft is experimenting with a redesigned Task Manager for
Windows 11 and it has been spotted in the preview builds. This
new look has been made available to Microsoft officials only,
but it is possible to try out the half-baked new Task Manager
by modifying the system files.
As you can see in the below screenshots, Task Manager’s
refreshed design matches the interface of Windows 11 and other
native apps like Microsoft Edge or Settings. After the update,
Task Manager uses WinUI, Fluent Design and Mica material (which
is a new translucent design element).
Additionally, Microsoft has also tweaked the base interface of
Task Manager by moving options like processes to a new menu.
These options were previously offered at the top of the Task
Manager. In the new design, you will find these options on the
left-hand side menu, similar to Settings and other modern
Windows 11 apps.
Thanks to a teardown of the leaked Task Manager, we’ve also got
some hints at what’s coming next in terms of new features.
One of the interesting discoveries in preview builds is a new
feature for monitoring the health of your apps using Task
Manager. A feature seemingly titled “App health” would help
users know when their app needs to be fixed (if it is not
Likewise, there’ll be a new “Startup apps” section to help
users identify apps slowing down the device during boot.
For laptop users, Task Manager update will include another
feature called “Battery health” which would help users know the
current status of battery when they’re running
Laptop battery health has been on users minds more often over
the past couple of years, particularly after the release of
Windows on ARM and Apple M1, so this new feature could be
useful to some folks.
Notably, these monitoring features are also offered on Android
phones and it’s great to see Microsoft giving these mobile
features a bit more attention in Windows.
It’s worth mentioning that the company hasn’t announced the new
Task Manager yet and the leaked version is not fully
Task Manager is quite buggy in the preview release, so it may
be a good idea to skip Dev Channel builds if you frequently use
Task Manage to close unresponsive programs.